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July 2021 

KATHERINE Y. FENG, JOSHUA NATHANAEL FRANCOEUR PAGET, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-JUAREZ, and JULIE ANNE LOVELOCK BEALS were ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 12, 2021, at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel by Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor.

KHUSHNUD AZARIAH began a sabbatical in May, leading up to her August 1, 2021 retirement.

JAMIE BARNETT has been named priest-in-charge of Epiphany Church in  Oak Park. Born and raised in Mississippi and Georgia, she graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in speech and theater and enjoyed a long and successful television career with the CBS Studio Center’s grip department, coordinating lighting and staging for TV and motion picture. She was ordained to the priesthood Jan. 11, 2020.

SUSAN BEK began a sabbatical May 11, 2021 and returns in July.  LIZ WILLIAMS, St. Paul’s (Ventura) associate, will fill in during Bek’s sabbatical.

NATHAN BIORNSTAD will conclude his ministry as associate for pastoral care at St. Cross by the Sea, Hermosa Beach with celebratory services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

FRANK BROOKHART is serving as interim rector at St. Mary-in-Palms, Los Angeles. He retired as the ninth bishop of Montana in 2018.

DENNIS GIBBS has retired from his position as co-director of Prism Restorative Justice.

DAVID GRANT-SMITH has been serving as supply priest at St. Peter’s, Rialto.

PETER HUANG is serving as assisting priest at St. Luke’s, Long Beach in addition to his work with The Gathering: A Space for Asian American  Spirituality and his psychotherapy practice.

GLENN LIBBY has announced his retirement as rector of St. Philip’s, Los Angeles, effective June 30.

 VIENNA MCCARTHY, who will be  serving at St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano, grew up in London, in the United Kingdom, and studied theology at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She was ordained a priest in 2016 and is a member of the Sodality of Mary, Mother of Priests. Most recently, she served as associate rector for a parish and school in East London, where she taught spirituality, engaged in interfaith work and community organizing around youth violence. She is married to Stephen. They moved to California in Sept. 2020. He has a UC-Irvine research scientist postdoctoral position.

ADAM MCCOY, OHC, has begun serving as consulting priest at St. Joseph of Arimathea, Yucca Valley.

CHRISTOPHER MONTELLA was installed as rector of St. Stephen’s, Santa Clarita June 26, 2021 by Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce.

SUSAN PINKERTON is serving as interim priest-in-charge of St. Michael’s and All Angels, Corona del Mar.

TOM QUIJADA-DISCAVAGE has been named priest-in-charge of St. Philip’s, Los Angeles.

KAY SYLVESTER began taking sabbatical time beginning June 7, 2021 and plans to return by the end of August.

BOB WILLIAMS, diocesan canon for community life, is on sabbatical leave until September 7.

REQUIESCANT

The Reverend Gary Jay Adams
August 27, 1930 – June 10, 2021

 The Rev. Gary Jay Adams, former rector of St. Edmund’s Church, San Marino, and Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana, died June 10 in Carson City, Nevada. He was 90.

 Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Marguerite (Peggy) Goff Adams, and four of their children – Philip C. Adams and his wife Tucker of Ojai; Daniel J. Adams and his wife, Kathleen Juarez, of Reno; Marguerite E. Paul of Carson City, Nevada; and Richard B. (Ben) Adams and his wife, Kimberly, of Phoenix, Arizona; and daughter-in-law Kimberly Turbeville Adams, widow of their son Charles F. Adams of Corona; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Adams is also survived by his brother, Kenneth B. Adams and his wife, Claudia, of Reno.

 Most recently Adams was rector of St. Mark’s Church in Santa Clara, retiring in 1993 to Carson City. He also served at St. John’s Church, Marysville, California (1980-1987).

 Adams was rector of Messiah from 1973 to 1980; rural dean of the Diocese of Los Angeles from 1969 to 1973; and rector of St. Edmund’s from 1966 to 1969.

 Read more here.

James Byron David Corbett
October 29, 1940 – May 21, 2021
Once rector of St. Andrew’s Church, Ojai, and a former diocesan archivist, Jim Corbett died May 21 in Portland, Oregon, where he had lived since his retirement in 2008. He was 80 and had been in ill health for some time. Survivors include his wife, Karen, to whom he was married May 7, 1966; their son, Michael, and his wife, Monica. Their daughter, Joan, died in 1993. Service arrangements are pending. Corbett’s ashes will be interred in the columbarium at St. Andrew’s – which was built during his tenure at the parish – in a private service at a later date.

Corbett was called as rector at St. Andrew’s in 1977 and served there for 17 years. Bishop Fred Borsch appointed him diocesan archivist/historian in 1991. He later served as interim priest at congregations in Washington (state), Yreka (California), Michigan, Indiana, Wyoming, Ohio and Utah. An obituary is here.

The Rev. Richard Scott Van Horn
[September 24, 1939 – June 15,  2021]

The Rev. Richard Van Horn, assisting priest at St. Mary’s Church (Mariposa), Los Angeles, and president emeritus of Mental Health America of Los Angeles-Long Beach, died June 15. He was 81.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Kay Ferber Van Horn; son Kinter; grandchildren Skyler, Aidan, Kylia, and Aysa; stepchildren Mark (Debbie) and Todd (Tali); step-grandchildren Max (Erin), Samantha (Patrick), Eli, Maya, and Cameron, and step-great-grandson Noah.

Services will be held at Saint Mary’s Church, 961 S. Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles, on July 10 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Mental Health America.

In addition to his vocation as a priest, Van Horn was a lifetime local, regional and national advocate for people with mental health issues. In 1980 he became president at CEO of Mental Health America of Los Angeles-Long Beach, (MHALA) and served in that role until 2009, when he retired and was named president-emeritus.

An obituary is here.

 

 

 

 

 June 2021 

KATHERINE Y. FENG, JOSHUA NATHANAEL FRANCOEUR PAGET, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-JUAREZ, and JULIE ANNE LOVELOCK BEALS were ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 12, 2021, at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, by Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor.

KHUSHNUD AZARIAH begins a sabbatical in May, leading up to her retirement on August 1, 2021.

SUSAN BEK begins a sabbatical May 11, 2021 and returns in July. LIZ WILLIAMS, St. Paul’s (Ventura) associate, will fill in during Bek’s sabbatical.

FRANK BROOKHART is serving as interim rector at St. Mary-in-Palms, Los Angeles. He retired as the ninth bishop of Montana in 2018.

TOM CAREY was named a “Giant of Justice” by Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice or CLUE on June 3.

DAVID GRANT-SMITH has been serving as supply priest at St. Peter’s, Rialto.

GLENN LIBBY has announced his retirement as rector of St. Philip’s, Los Angeles, effective June 30.

JOY MAGALA, in addition to her work at St. Francis, Norwalk, has begun serving as interim pastor at St. Mary’s, Mariposa.

VIENNA MCCARTHY, who will be  serving at St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano, grew up in London, in the United Kingdom, and studied theology at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She was ordained a priest in 2016 and is a member of the Sodality of Mary, Mother of Priests. Most recently, she served as associate rector for a parish and school in East London, where she taught spirituality, engaged in interfaith work and practice community organizing around youth violence. She is married to Stephen. They moved to California in Sept. 2020, where he took up a UC-Irvine research scientist postdoctoral position.

ADAM MCCOY, OHC, has begun serving as consulting priest at St. Joseph of Arimathea, Yucca Valley.

 CHRISTIE MOSSMAN has been called as deacon at the Mutual Ministry of St. Andrew’s (Torrance) and Christ Episcopal Church (Redondo Beach), where she will offer pastoral support and program development.

SUSAN PINKERTON is serving as interim priest-in-charge of St. Michael’s and All Angels, Corona del Mar.

JEANETTE REPP has been appointed dean of Deanery 8, which includes  16 congregations in the Long Beach and South Bay areas. She is the rector of St. Peter’s, San Pedro. She succeeds Paula Vukmanic.

KAY SYLVESTER began taking sabbatical time beginning June 7, 2021 and plans to return by the end of August.

REQUIESCAT

James Byron David Corbett
October 29, 1940 – May 21, 2021
Once rector of St. Andrew’s Church, Ojai, and a former diocesan archivist, Jim Corbett died May 21 in Portland, Oregon, where he had lived since his retirement in 2008. He was 80 and had been in ill health for some time. Survivors include his wife, Karen, to whom he was married May 7, 1966; their son, Michael, and his wife, Monica. Their daughter, Joan, died in 1993. Service arrangements are pending. Corbett’s ashes will be interred in the columbarium at St. Andrew’s – which was built during his tenure at the parish – in a private service at a later date.

 Corbett was called as rector at St. Andrew’s in 1977 and served there for 17 years. Bishop Fred Borsch appointed him diocesan archivist/historian in 1991. He later served as interim priest at congregations in Washington (state), Yreka (California), Michigan, Indiana, Wyoming, Ohio and Utah. An obituary is here.

 

 


April 2021 

KHUSHNUD AZARIAH begins a sabbatical in May, leading up to her retirement on August 1, 2021.

SAMUEL AZARIAH concluded his ministry at St. Peter’s, Rialto in February and is currently in Pakistan.

SUSAN BEK begins a sabbatical May 11, 2021 and returns in July. LIZ WILLIAMS, St. Paul’s (Ventura) associate, will fill in during Bek’s sabbatical.

FRANK BROOKHART is serving as interim rector at St. Mary-in-Palms, Los Angeles. He retired as the ninth bishop of Montana in 2018.

DAVID GRANT-SMITH has been serving as supply priest at St. Peter’s, Rialto.

JOY MAGALA, in addition to her work at St. Francis, Norwalk, has begun serving as interim pastor at St. Mary’s, Mariposa.

ADAM MCCOY, OHC, has begun serving as consulting priest at St. Joseph of Arimathea, Yucca Valley.

 CHRISTIE MOSSMAN has been called as deacon at the Mutual Ministry of St. Andrew’s (Torrance) and Christ Episcopal Church (Redondo Beach), where she will offer pastoral support and program development.

SUSAN PINKERTON is serving as interim priest-in-charge of St. Michael’s and All Angels, Corona del Mar.

JEANETTE REPP has been appointed dean of Deanery 8, which includes  16 congregations in the Long Beach and South Bay areas. She is the rector of St. Peter’s, San Pedro. She succeeds Paula Vukmanic.

LAURA SIRIANI has been named archdeacon of the Diocese of Los Angeles by Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor. She will continue serving as Welcome and Communications Coordinator for St. Paul’s, Tustin.

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REQUIESCANT

The Reverend Douglas Judson
May 29, 1935 – February 22, 2021
The Rev. Horace Douglas Judson, priest of the Diocese of Los Angeles and member of the family that owns one of the United States’ most renowned stained glass studios, died Feb. 22 of congestive heart failure. He was 85, and had been suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s for about three years. Survivors include his wife, Kathern L. Macklin Judson; their three children, Earl of South Carolina, Joel (Midori) of Los Angeles, and Pamela (Jud) of Georgia; and eight grandchildren, ages 8 – 18. Joel Judson is about to be released from the hospital after a bout with COVID-19, and will be recovering at home. Services will be held at a future time at St. Gregory’s Church, Long Beach, where the Judsons have been members in recent years. He will be interred in St. Gregory’s columbarium. Doug Judson served at St. Michael the Archangel Church, El Segundo (1993-94); St. Timothy’s Church, Compton, 1981-1989; St. Francis’ Church, Palos Verdes Estates, 1978-1981; and at several congregations in the Diocese of San Joaquin. An obituary is here.

The Reverend Nancy Katherine Shier
May 31, 1938 – February 23, 2021
The Rev. Nancy Katherine Shier, assistant priest at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, and Immanuel Church, El Monte, died suddenly on Feb. 23. She was 84. Survivors include her son William and daughter Katherine and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. outdoors at Church of Our Saviour, 535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel 91775 (626.282.5147). The service also will be streamed online on Facebook. Shier ministered to the English-speaking congregation at Immanuel Church, and did pastoral work at Church of Our Saviour. “I help keep people connected to the life of our church who may have become limited in their ability to attend it,” she wrote in a brief biographical sketch. An obituary is here.

 


March 2021 

FRANK ALTON has been elected to a 4-year term as board member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, beginning March 1, 2021. AED is the source for information about deacon formation and supervision. Learn more about AED at www.episcopaldeacons.org

FRANK BROOKHART is serving as interim rector at St. Mary in Palms. 

GREG BROWN concluded his ministry as vicar of Epiphany, Oak Park, in January. 

GARY HALL’s  term as Bloy House interim dean is being extended for an additional year, through June of 2022.

JUDY HEFFRON  concluded her ministry with St. Edmund’s, San Marino on Feb. 14, and will begin serving at St. Luke’s, Monrovia.

SHERYL KUJAWA HOLBROOK has been elected the sixth editor of Anglican and Episcopal History, a ministry of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. She has been the journal’s book review editor, while serving as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty of Claremont School of Theology.

JOYY MAGALA is serving as priest-in-charge at. St. Francis, Norwalk. 

CHRISTIE MOSSMAN is serving part-time as deacon at the combined ministries of St. Andrew’s Church (Torrance) and Christ Church (Redondo Beach), offering pastoral care and program development support.

MICHELE RACUSIN has been named chief financial officer of the San Francisco-based Diocese of California, effective Feb. 1. She concluded her ministry  served as missioner for financial stewardship and chief financial officer of the Diocese of Los Angeles in January. 

KIRBY SMITH begins serving as priest-in-charge of Al Saints, Vista, in the Diocese of San Diego on March 7, 2021. He concluded his ministry as treasurer and chief financial officer of the San Diego diocese on Feb. 19.

KAY SYLVESTER was elected for another term as president of the Standing Committee.

PAULA VUKMANIC retired as rector of St. Francis, Palos Verdes, and dean of Deanery 8, on January 31.

REQUIESCANT

The Reverend Douglas Judson
May 29, 1935 – February 22, 2021
The Rev. Horace Douglas Judson, priest of the Diocese of Los Angeles and member of the family that owns one of the United States’ most renowned stained glass studios, died Feb. 22 of congestive heart failure. He was 85, and had been suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s for about three years. Survivors include his wife, Kathern L. Macklin Judson; their three children, Earl of South Carolina, Joel (Midori) of Los Angeles, and Pamela (Jud) of Georgia; and eight grandchildren, ages 8 – 18. Joel Judson is about to be released from the hospital after a bout with COVID-19, and will be recovering at home. Services will be held at a future time at St. Gregory’s Church, Long Beach, where the Judsons have been members in recent years. He will be interred in St. Gregory’s columbarium. Doug Judson served at St. Michael the Archangel Church, El Segundo (1993-94); St. Timothy’s Church, Compton, 1981-1989; St. Francis’ Church, Palos Verdes Estates, 1978-1981; and at several congregations in the Diocese of San Joaquin. An obituary is here.

The Reverend Nancy Katherine Shier
May 31, 1938 – February 23, 2021
The Rev. Nancy Katherine Shier, assistant priest at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, and Immanuel Church, El Monte, died suddenly on Feb. 23. She was 84. Survivors include her son William and daughter Katherine and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. outdoors at Church of Our Saviour, 535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel 91775 (626.282.5147). The service also will be streamed online on Facebook. Shier ministered to the English-speaking congregation at Immanuel Church, and did pastoral work at Church of Our Saviour. “I help keep people connected to the life of our church who may have become limited in their ability to attend it,” she wrote in a brief biographical sketch. An obituary is here.

 


February 2021 

ELIZABETH ANN PIRAINO, GRETA RONNIGEN, STEVEN PHILLIP SWARTTZELL, COURTNEY ANN URQUHART TAN and WALTER JOSEPH THORNE were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Harvey Taylor on  January 9, 2021, at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel.

ANDREA THORNTON ARSENE was ordained to the priesthood on January 9, 2021, at St. John’s Church in Lafayette, Indiana, by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows on behalf of Bishop John Harvey Taylor. Arsene is curate at that parish. 

FRANK ALTON has been elected to a 4-year term as board member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, beginning March 1, 2021. AED is the source for information about deacon formation and supervision. Learn more about AED at www.episcopaldeacons.org

MARK BRADSHAW has accepted a new position as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He has served the past ten years as rector of St. Barnabas, Pasadena, and will conclude his ministry there in early 2021.

GREG BROWN concluded his ministry as vicar of Epiphany, Oak Park, in January. 

GARY HALL’s  term as Bloy House interim dean is being extended for an additional year, through June of 2022.

JUDY HEFFRON  will conclude her ministry with St. Edmund’s, San Marino on Feb. 14, and will begin serving at St. Luke’s, Monrovia.

SHERYL KUJAWA HOLBROOK has been elected the sixth editor of Anglican and Episcopal History, a ministry of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. She has been the journal’s book review editor, while serving as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty of Claremont School of Theology.

CHRISTIE MOSSMAN is serving part-time as deacon at the combined ministries of St. Andrew’s Church (Torrance) and Christ Church (Redondo Beach), offering pastoral care and program development support.

MICHELE RACUSIN has been named chief financial officer of the San Francisco-based Diocese of California, effective Feb. 1. She concluded her ministry  served as missioner for financial stewardship and chief financial officer of the Diocese of Los Angeles in January. 

KIRBY SMITH begins serving as priest-in-charge of Al Saints, Vista, in the Diocese of San Diego on March 7, 2021. He concluded his ministry as treasurer and chief financial officer of the San Diego diocese on Feb. 19.

KAY SYLVESTER was elected for another term as president of the Standing Committee.

PAULA VUKMANIC retired as rector of St. Francis, Palos Verdes, and dean of Deanery 8, on January 31.

 

January 2021 

ELIZABETH ANN PIRAINO, GRETA RONNIGEN, STEVEN PHILLIP SWARTTZELL, COURTNEY ANN URQUHART TAN and WALTER JOSEPH THORNE will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Harvey Taylor at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, in a service that will be livestreamed on the diocesan Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LADiocese) and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCva0NDh1tfkDNXJxP1N1LfA)
Due to the pandemic, only those directly involved in the rite of ordination (all of whom have been contacted individually) will be permitted to attend the service at Church of Our Saviour.  The diocesan community is invited to witness the service on Facebook or YouTube, either live or later on demand.

 ANDREA THORNTON ARSENE will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at St. John’s Church in Lafayette, Indiana, by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows on behalf of Bishop John Harvey Taylor. Arsene is curate at that parish. Baskerville-Burrows will also ordain REBEKAH SIMS to the diaconate during the service, which  will be livestreamed at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST) on the “IndyDio Virtual Abbey” Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IndyDioVirtualAbbey/)

FRANK ALTON has been elected to a 4-year term as board member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, beginning March 1, 2021. AED is the source for information about deacon formation and supervision. Learn more about AED at www.episcopaldeacons.org

MARK BRADSHAW has accepted a new position as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He has served the past ten years as rector of St. Barnabas, Pasadena, and will conclude his ministry there in early 2021. 

Jane Benson Freeman, mother of NORM FREEMAN, passed away Dec. 28.

MICHAEL FOLEY began serving as rector of Holy Nativity, Westchester in November.  He most recently served as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was active social justice, community outreach and interfaith ministries, and chaired the Commission on Race and Reconciliation. Prior to ordination and his move to Pittsburgh, Foley was a school psychologist in the Montebello Unified School District. Born in 1964 in San Diego, Foley holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2014 in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

NORMA GUERRA began serving  Dec. 1 as the Associate for Formation and Transition  Ministry. In that capacity, she will serve as a liaison to the Bishop’s Commission on Ministry in helping to guide processes through which candidates pursue ordination. She had served most recently as associate priest at both the Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana and at St. Clement by the Sea in San Clemente. She has served as an interpreter and translator for local and denominational ministries and as a presenter in the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency. 

GARY HALL’s  term as Bloy House interim dean is being extended for an additional year, through June of 2022.

SHERYL KUJAWA HOLBROOK has been elected the sixth editor of Anglican and Episcopal History, a ministry of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. She has been the journal’s book review editor, while serving as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty of Claremont School of Theology. 

CHRISTIE ANN MOSSMAN and DOMINQUE NICOLETTE PIPER were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons  Saturday, September 19 at St. Paul’s Commons by Bishop John Harvey Taylor.

Requiescat

 The Rev. Canon Dr. George Regas 
October 1, 1930 – January 3, 2021
George Regas, 90, the legendary former rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, died January 3, 2021 , at his Pasadena home,  with his devoted spouse, Mary, and her son Lowry at his side. George is also survived by his daughter, Susan Regas; his sons, Tim and Tyler; by Mary’s other son, Burke Smith, and their families. George’s daughter Michelle Regas Worrel died in 2002.

A 6 p.m.,  January 3, 2021  online gathering hosted by All Saints, offered  prayers and memories. A celebration of his life is planned after pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Born October 1, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Greek immigrant parents, George attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1957. He led congregations in Pulaski, Tennessee, and Nyack, New York, before being called as rector of All Saints, Pasadena, in 1967. He retired from All Saints in 1995 after launching numerous ministries including Union Station ministries to the unhoused, the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race, and the All Saints AIDS Service Center in addition to co-leading legislative work by which the 1976 General Convention approved the ordination of women, and after conducting All Saints’ first blessings of same-gender unions. Thereafter he formed the Regas Institute, the hub of his continuing justice ministries, which included founding, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, a Los Angeles-based coalition.

December 2020

MARK BRADSHAW has accepted a new position as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He has served the past ten years as rector of St. Barnabas, Pasadena, and will conclude his ministry in early 2021.

LAUREL COOTE began serving in early December as rector of  St. Dunstan’s Church in Carmel Valley, in the Diocese of El Camino Real.

CHARLEEN CREAN retired as archdeacon and associate for Formation and Transitions Ministry for the diocese in October after 34 years of ordained ministry. She was named associate for Formation and Transitions Ministry in 2014, aiding and supporting future deacons and priests through the discernment process. In 2017, she was named  archdeacon. She was ordained a deacon December 14, 1986, in the Diocese of Hawaii. A psychiatric social worker, she  has also served at All Saints, Church and other diocesan congregations.

 MICHAEL FOLEY began serving as rector of Holy Nativity, Westchester in November.  He most recently served as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was active social justice, community outreach and interfaith ministries, and chaired the Commission on Race and Reconciliation. Prior to ordination and his move to Pittsburgh, Foley was a school psychologist in the Montebello Unified School District. Born in 1964 in San Diego, Foley holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2014 in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

NORMA GUERRA began serving  Dec. 1 as the Associate for Formation and Transition  Ministry. In that capacity, she will serve as a liaison to the Bishop’s Commission on Ministry in helping to guide processes through which candidates pursue ordination. She had served most recently as associate priest at both the Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana and at St. Clement by the Sea in San Clemente. She has served as an interpreter and translator for local and denominational ministries and as a presenter in the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency. 

CHRISTIE ANN MOSSMAN and DOMINQUE NICOLETTE PIPER were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons  Saturday, September 19 at St. Paul’s Commons by Bishop John Harvey Taylor. 

TOM QUIJADA-DISCAVAGE will continue in the role of interim diocesan transition missioner on September 1, 2020.

 JOANNA SATORIUS retired as diocesan Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry  November 1, 2020.

MICHAEL SEILER retired as  rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar. His last Sunday is November 22, 2020.

BARBARA STEWART is serving as interim rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar. Prior to retiring as rector of St. John the Divine in Costa Mesa, she had served parishes in Santa Monica and Palos Verdes as an assistant rector.

 

November 2020

CHARLEEN CREAN retired as archdeacon and associate for Formation and Transitions Ministry for the diocese in October after 34 years of ordained ministry. She was named associate for Formation and Transitions Ministry in 2014, aiding and supporting future deacons and priests through the discernment process. In 2017, she was named  archdeacon. She was ordained a deacon December 14, 1986, in the Diocese of Hawaii. A psychiatric social worker, she  has also served at All Saints, Church and other diocesan congregations.

MICHAEL FOLEY begins serving as rector of Holy Nativity, Westchester in November.  He most recently served as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was active social justice, community outreach and interfaith ministries, and chaired the Commission on Race and Reconciliation. Prior to ordination and his move to Pittsburgh, Foley was a school psychologist in the Montebello Unified School District. Born in 1964 in San Diego, Foley holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2014 in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

CHRISTIE ANN MOSSMAN and DOMINQUE NICOLETTE PIPER were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons  Saturday, September 19 at St. Paul’s Commons by Bishop John Harvey Taylor.

TOM QUIJADA-DISCAVAGE began serving as interim diocesan transition missioner on September 1, 2020.

 JOANNA SATORIUS retires as diocesan Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry  November 1, 2020.

MICHAEL SEILER is retiring as  rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar. His last Sunday is November 22, 2020.

BARBARA STEWART is serving as interim rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar. Prior to retiring as rector of St. John the Divine in Costa Mesa, she had served parishes in Santa Monica and Palos Verdes as an assistant rector.

 

February 2020

JAMES ALEXANDER was named an honorary canon of the diocese by Bishop John Harvey Taylor at the 2019 annual diocesan convention in Riverside.

ISRRAEL ANCHAN began serving as rector of Christ the King Church in Goleta in November.

JUDY BALDWIN has been called as interim priest at Church of the Holy Nativity, Westchester.

JULIE BRYANT began serving as priest-in-charge of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Temecula, in the Diocese of San Diego, in December.

JENIFER CHATFIELD will begin serving in March as rector of St. Edmund’s Church, San Marino.

BILL DOGGETT has been called as interim priest at St. Wilfrid of York, Huntington Beach, beginning in March.

SUZANNE EDWARDS-ACTON was named an honorary canon of the diocese by Bishop John Taylor at the 2019 diocesan convention in Riverside.

GUIANLUIGI GUGLIERMETTO has been called as rector of Christ Church, Ontario, as of January.

NICOLE JANELLE concluded four years of ministry as executive director of The Abundant Table, Ventura County, in December.

LIZ McQUITTY has been called as priest in charge at St. John’s Church, La Verne, beginning in March.

CINDY VOIEN began her ministry in January as rector of St. Joseph’s, Buena Park.

January 2020

JAMES ALEXANDER was named an honorary canon of the diocese by Bishop John Taylor at the annual diocesan convention in Riverside.

ISRRAEL ANCHAN began serving as rector of Christ the King Church in Goleta in November.

JUDY BALDWIN has been called as interim priest at Church of the Holy Nativity, Westchester.

JULIE BRYANT began serving as priest-in-charge of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Temecula, in the Diocese of San Diego.

SUZANNE EDWARDS-ACTON was named an honorary canon of the diocese by Bishop John Taylor at the annual diocesan convention in Riverside.

ALFREDO FEREGRINO began serving as associate rector at All Saints Church, Pasadena, in November.

STEPHEN SMITH has been called as associate rector for formation at St. Cross Church, Hermosa Beach.

SARAH DAMMANN THOMAS has been called as associate rector of Trinity Church, Santa Barbara.

OTTO VASQUEZ has been called as priest-in-charge under special circumstances of All Saints Church, Highland Park, Los Angeles.

September 2019

JUDY BALDWIN has been called as interim priest at Church of the Holy Nativity, Westchester.

JANET BRODERICK will be instituted as rector of All Saints Church, Beverly Hills by Bishop John H. Taylor at 4 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019. The diocesan community is invited to attend.

LAUREL COOTE begins serving as interim priest of St. Mary’s, Los Angeles (Mariposa) in September.

ALFREDO FEREGRINO has been called as associate rector at All Saints Church, Pasadena, beginning in November.

Bishop Taylor has named GABRIEL FERRER, vicar of St. Martin’s Church, Winnetka, as dean of Deanery 2. He will succeed NANCY BROWN, who will retire at the end of July as rector of St. Paul’s, Lancaster.

PETER HUANG concludes his ministry as associate rector at St. Francis, Palos Verdes in September and will continue in private practice and his interest in Asian American ministry in the diocese.

LESTER V. MACKENZIE will be installed as rector of St. Mary’s Church in Laguna Beach at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. The diocesan community is invited to participate.

JENNIFER PAVIA began serving as priest-in-charge of Holy Faith Church, Inglewood,  in August.

CLARKE PRESCOTT has concluded ministry as priest-in-charge at All Saints, Highland Park, Los Angeles.

SUSAN RUSSELL will divide her time between parish responsibilities  at All Saints, Pasadena and a new appointment to the bishop’s staff, to implement the newly announced “One in the Spirit” initiative. 

LISA ROTCHFORD has been called as pastor-in-charge of Church of the Redeemer, an ELCA congregation in Seal Beach.

CECELIA SCHROEDER begins serving  as priest-in-charge of St. Alban’s, Yucaipa in September.

JESSIE SMITH has been called as rector of St. Ambrose, Claremont.

STEPHEN SMITH has been called as associate rector for formation at St. Cross Church, Hermosa Beach.

SARAH DAMMANN THOMAS has been called as associate rector of Trinity Church, Santa Barbara.

JEFFREY THORNBERG begins serving as rector of Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel in September.

BARRETT VAN BUREN will be installed as rector of Blessed Sacrament Church in Placentia at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The diocesan community is invited to participate.

OTTO VASQUEZ has been called as priest-in-charge under special circumstances of All Saints Church, Highland Park, Los Angeles.

July 2019


BRAINERD DHARMARAJ, CARLOS RUVALCABA, JON FEUSS, JAMIE BARNETT, BRITTANY BJURSTROM, SHAWN EVELYN, BILL KNUTSON, JUDITH LYONS, KRISTIN CLAIRE ROBERTSON
and SARAH THOMAS were ordained to the transitional diaconate  June 8, at St. John’s Cathedral.

JUDY BALDWIN has been called as interim priest at Church of the Holy Nativity, Westchester.

JANET BRODERICK  has been called as rector of All Saints, Beverly Hills. She had served most recently as rector of St. Peter’s, Morristown, New Jersey.

NANCY BROWN has announced her intention to retire as rector of St. Paul’s, Lancaster, this summer.

HOLLY CARDONE has been called as rector of Emmanuel Church in Fullerton.

CHUCK COLLIER has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Simon’s, San Fernando.

LAUREL COOTE will begin serving as interim priest at St. Mary’s, Los Angeles in September.

FRANCISCO GARCIA has been called to pursue a doctoral degree in theology and ethics, beginning August 2019.

KELLI GRACE KURTZ was installed as rector of All Saints Church in Riverside on Sunday, July 28 by Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce. 

HARTSHORN MURPHY has been called as interim rector at St. Alban’s, Westwood.

FAIRBAIRN POWERS has concluded her ministry at St. Hilary’s Mission, Hesperia.

PETER ROOD has been called as rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Oak Harbor, Oregon.

JESSIE SMITH has been called as rector of St. Ambrose, Claremont.

JEFFREY THORNBERG will begin his ministry as rector of Church of Our Savior, San Gabriel in September.

SARAH DAMMANN THOMAS  has been called as an associate rector at Trinity Church, Santa Barbara.

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April 2019

ORDINATIONS

BRAINERD DHARMARAJ, CARLOS RUVALCABA, JON FEUSS, JAMIE BARNETT, BRITTANY BJURSTROM, SHAWN EVELYN, BILL KNUTSON, JUDITH LYONS, KRISTIN CLAIRE and SARAH THOMAS  will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles. 

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Bishop Taylor installed the Rev. GREG BROWN as vicar of Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park, on Jan. 6. He previously served at St. Cross Church, Hermosa Beach.

NANCY BROWN has announced her intention to retire as rector of St. Paul’s, Lancaster, this summer.

JENNIFER CHATFIELD has been called as priest-in-charge at St. Wilfrid of York, Huntington Beach.

CHUCK COLLIER has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Simon’s, San Fernando.

KATE CRESS was installed as the 10th rector of St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles, on Feb. 2 by Bishop Taylor.  Cress formerly was rector of Church of Our Savior in Somerset, Massachusetts.

ANTONIO GALLARDO has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Luke’s of the Mountains, La Crescenta.
 

FRANCISCO GARCIA has been called to pursue a doctoral degree in theology and ethics, beginning August 2019.

GREG KIMURA, JOANNE LESLIE and ABEL LOPEZ were named by Bishop John Taylor as diocesan representatives to the newly formed Episcopal Public Policy Network of California, or EPPN-CA. The network was launched in the fall by bishops of the six California dioceses, to facilitate joint statements about formal public policy issues where Christian engagement might be effective and to urge individuals and congregations to get involved. For example, in June the committee helped to draft the bishops’ statements against conversion therapy (supporting AB 2943) as well as a statement against the separation of families as part of immigration policy For more info, contact: Leslie at pjoleslie@gmail.com; Kimura at gwkimura@gmail.com; or Lopez at anglicano@sbcglobal.net.

ROBIN KASSABIAN has been called  as rector of St Mark’s, Van Nuys.

KELLI GRACE KURTZ has been called as rector of All Saints Church in Riverside.

CHRISTOPHER MONTELLA has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Stephen’s Church in Santa Clarita.

HARTSHORN MURPHY has been called as interim rector at St. Alban’s, Westwood.

FAIRBAIRN POWERS has concluded her ministry at St. Hilary’s Mission, Hesperia.

PETER ROOD has been called as rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Oak Harbor, Oregon.

MICHAEL SEILER has been called as rector of St. Michael and All Angels Church in Corona Del Mar, where he has been serving as priest-in-charge.

SHARON SHEFFIELD has been called as vicar of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Long Beach.

MARY TOROREIY has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s, Barstow, and Shepherd of the Desert, ELCA church in Barstow. 

BARRETT VAN BUREN has been called as rector of Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Placentia.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS has been called as associate to the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Ventura. She will begin her ministry Feb. 25.

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January 2019


Seven to be ordained Jan. 12 to the priesthood

Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce will ordain ANTONIO JOSE GALLARDO, JOSEPH BRADLEY COURTNEY, ANIL VIRENDRA SHAH, LAUREL EILEEN COOTE, CAROLE LEE HORTON-HOWE, JENNIFER LYNN WAGNER and SARAH ANNE REYNOLDS to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90007.

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will ordain LAUREN DANIELLE HELEN GRUBAUGH to the priesthood at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28 at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, acting on behalf of Bishop John Harvey Taylor.

Your prayers and presence are invited.

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Bishop Taylor installed the Rev. GREG BROWN as vicar of Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park, on Jan. 6. He previously served at St. Cross Church, Hermosa Beach.

KATE CRESS will be installed as the 10th rector of St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. A luncheon will follow the service. All are invited. Clergy: white stoles. St. James’ Church is located at 3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Cress formerly was rector of Church of Our Savior in Somerset, Massachusetts, where she had served since her ordination in 2009. Prior to ordination, she was a social scientist and teacher. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Harvard University, a master of arts in education from Brown University, and a master of divinity degree from Boston University. She has spent a considerable amount of time abroad, living in Botswana for two years, three years in South Africa and Uganda, and two years in Korea. She began her ministry at St. James’ in August 2018.

BRAD KARELIUS was named rector emeritus of Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana at a special Nov. 25 service. He previously served for 30 years as rector of Messiah, a position currently held by the Rev. Abel Lopez. Karelius blogs at Desert Spirit Press. He is the author of two books: The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley and Encounters with the World’s Religions: The Numinous on Highway 395.

GREG KIMURA, JOANNE LESLIE and ABEL LOPEZ were named by Bishop John Taylor as diocesan representatives to the newly formed Episcopal Public Policy Network of California, or EPPN-CA. The network was launched in the fall by bishops of the six California dioceses, to facilitate joint statements about formal public policy issues where Christian engagement might be effective and to urge individuals and congregations to get involved. For example, in June the committee helped to draft the bishops’ statements against conversion therapy (supporting AB 2943) as well as a statement against the separation of families as part of immigration policy.  For more info, contact: Leslie at pjoleslie@gmail.com; Kimura at gwkimura@gmail.com; or Lopez at anglicano@sbcglobal.net.

JULIE MORRIS was named an honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Paul by Bishop Diocesan John Taylor during the Nov. 30 diocesan convention dinner. She is director of The Abundant Table, a farm ministry she founded in 2004 as part of her campus ministry at Cal State Channel Islands. The program, focuses on food and the production of food as ministry. Taylor described The Abundant Table as a unique program that “combines service and worship, advocacy and justice. It is totally next-level, 21st-century ministry. There’s a lot in our diocese that looks like the future, but Julie and her colleagues have brought something special and unique to the northern part of our diocese.”

PATRICIA O’REILLY was named an honorary Canon of the Anglican Diocese of Guinea and Guinea Bissau in West Africa on Nov. 28, by Bishop Jacques Boston. She chairs the diocesan Program Group on Global Partnership, which has developed a strong relationship with the Guinea diocese. “My receiving this honor is their way of thanking the Diocese of Los Angeles for our friendship and assistance over the past couple of years,” according to O’Reilly. Among other projects, the group helped raise funds for the Diocese of Guinea to buy a car. “Most significant,” O’Reilly said, “is that a member of one of our diocesan congregations has donated $100,000 to help them build a high school onto their existing cathedral school. They have been so gracious and friendly. I hold them in very high esteem for all they do with such meager resources, and for their strong sense of commitment and community.” She will be formally invested as a canon during her next visit to Guinea. She is vicar of St. George’s, Hawthorne.

LINDA and DENNIS PEDERSON were named honorary Canons of the Cathedral of St. Paul, by Bishop Diocesan John Taylor, during the Nov. 30 diocesan convention dinner. She is vicar of St. John’s, San Bernardino and founder of the St. John’s Success Center, where volunteers provide people of all ages a place for lifelong learning with educational support. It includes a homework center, as well as “Safe Space,” where children are invited to come in a try new ideas. Dennis Pederson, a retired Cal State San Bernardino professor, has long been a principal volunteer at The Vicar’s Pantry at St. John’s, which distributes food each Wednesday.

MICHAEL SEILER has been called as rector of St. Michael and All Angels Church in Corona Del Mar, where he has been serving as priest-in-charge.

ANDREW TOMAT was named an honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Paul during the Nov. 30 diocesan convention dinner. He has served as diocesan treasurer for the past year and has also served three congregations of the diocese as treasurer. A “financial wizard” Tomat had “distinguished himself years ago as someone who cheerfully and readily was willing to help churches grapple with their own financial challenges,” said Taylor, in honoring him. Tomat is also a member of the Corp Sole committee that has studied the corporation’s history and advised the bishop as to its future. In addition, Tomat  assisted Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce and the Rev. Michele Racusin, diocesan chief financial officer, with creating the diocesan budget presented at convention.

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REQUIESCANT

 

A celebration of life for Canon PETER BERGSTROM, director/executive director of Camp Stevens for 40 years, will be held in the spring. He was born Sept. 2, 1946 and died Dec. 24, 2018. Survivors include his wife, Vicki, and their daughter, Jenne, and son, Erik. Messages to his family may be sent to 1038 Orchard Lane, Julian, CA 92036. In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the following organizations would support work that was close to Peter’s heart: Camp Stevens, Volcan Mountain Foundation, or James Hubbell’s Ilan-Lael Foundation.  An obituary written by Jenne Bergstrom is here.

CORINNE DAUM, widow of the Rev. J. William Daum, rector emeritus of the Church of the Transfiguration, Arcadia, died Dec. 9 of pneumonia. She was 83. Survivors include her sons, Bryn Daum (Meleen) and Garrett Daum (Lisette); her four grandchildren, Kalyn, Serena, Aubrey and Raylund; her sister Ginger Leatherman Goldman and her brother Jeff Leatherman. Her eldest son, Kevin, died in 2005. Daum, born Dec. 24, 1934, was a longtime elementary school teacher; she also taught special education classes. No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family care of Bryn Daum, 25399 Gold Hills Drive, Castro Valley, CA 94552.

A memorial service was held Dec. 8 for ELIZABETH ANN DUMOLT, 63, who died of a brain tumor Nov. 25. A deacon and retired California Department of Social Services licensed social worker, earned her master of divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology, specializing in spiritual care, and was ordained a vocational deacon in May 2010. She served at her sponsoring congregation of Grace Church, Glendora, and most recently served as deacon at St. Luke’s Church, Monrovia.

Services were held on Jan. 5 at St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles, for the Rev. DAVID CHARLES WALKER — priest, chaplain, organist and composer — who died Dec. 3. He served as chaplain and director of pastoral care at Good Samaritan Hospital 1991 – 2003; previously he served a congregations in San Diego, Beverly Hills, and Brooklyn New York. He composed two hymn tunes included in Hymnal 1982: “General Seminary,” with the text “King of Glory, King of Peace” by George Herbert (Hymn 382), and “Point Loma,” with the text “Baptized in water” (Hymn 294). Survivors include Walker’s husband, Nam Nguyen; a sister, a niece, and other family members. Read more here.

VALERIE JACKSON WARD, 69, former deacon at St. Peter’s Church, Santa Maria, died Nov. 17 at her home in Lamar, South Carolina, where she served at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. Born in 1949, she was a former training and curriculum specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). She studied at various times at the University of Tübingen, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of South Carolina, and Cameron University. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. She earned a certificate of diaconal studies at Bloy House, The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont. Bishop J. Jon Bruno ordained her to the vocational diaconate in 2014. Survivors include her son, Adam, and his family.

November 2018

Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce installed KARRI BACKER as head of St. Mark’s School, Upland, on Oct. 10 at a program attended by students, teachers, school board members and parishioners of St. Mark’s Church. Backer is a former St. Mark’s School parent and board member.

GARY HALL is serving as interim at St. Wilfrid’s Church, Huntington Beach. He recently concluded a similar position at Trinity Church, Santa Barbara.

SUSAN KLEIN has announced her intention to retire as rector of St. Alban’s, Westwood, in February 2019.

LORENZO LEBRIJA, development officer for the Diocese of Los Angeles, will be leaving that position in December to lead a new joint project of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and General Theological Seminary (GTS) called the TryTank: An Experimental Laboratory for Church Growth and Innovation. Lorenzo and his husband Troy Elder will remain in the Los Angeles area. More about his new position is here.

JOHN LIMO has been called as rector of St. Timothy’s Church, Apple Valley, beginning in September.

LESTER MACKENZIE has been called as rector of St. Mary’s Church, Laguna Beach, where he has been serving as priest-in-charge. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry appointed Mackenzie as one of the Episcopal Church’s official representatives at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“COP24”), to be held in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3 – 14.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, has called ELIZABETH MOLITORS to serve as its 19th rector. Her first Sunday was Nov. 4. Prior to accepting the position at Trinity, Molitors served as rector of Annunciation Episcopal Church in Gurnee, Illinois, and previously as associate rector at st. Mark’s Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Before her call to the priesthood, she spent almost 25 years in corporate positions, including 13 years as an IT project manager for two Fortune 500 companies. She earned her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Ohio, her MBA at DePaul University in Chicago, and her master of divinity degree at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, also in Chicago. She has one adult child, Eli, who lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts

RACHEL NYBACK, rector of St. Cross Episcopal Church, was among the honorees at the 15th annual Interfaith Unity Awards Dinner on Nov. 11 at Temple Menorah, Redondo Beach. The event was sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council.

Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce installed GEORGE OKUSI as fourth rector of St. John the Divine Church, Costa Mesa, on Nov. 10.

Bishop John H. Taylor installed PAUL A. PRICE as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Redlands, on Oct. 14.

JENNIFER ANNE REDDALL, who formerly served in the Diocese of Los Angeles, was elected as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Arizona during its 58th annual diocesan convention, held Oct. 20 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church & Day School in Phoenix. She will succeed Bishop Kirk Smith, who was rector of St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles, before his election as bishop. Reddall grew up in California, and after graduating from Yale University with a degree in theater studies, joined the Episcopal Urban Intern Program in Los Angeles, later serving for a year as a special education teacher at Hillsides. After ordination in the Diocese of Los Angeles, she served as curate at Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park.

SHARON SHEFFIELD has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Thomas’ Church, Long Beach. She previously served at St. Mark’s, Downey.

CINDY VOIEN has been called as priest-in-charge under special circumstances at St. Joseph’s Church, Buena Park. She will begin there in January.

JOANN WEEKS recently retired as vicar of Grace Church, Moreno Valley.

October 2018


NATHAN BIORNSTAD
began serving as associate rector of St. Cross, Hermosa Beach, in August.

SHANNON COLLIS begins serving as priest-in-charge of Trinity Church, Hamburg ,in the Diocese of Western New York in September.

KATE CRESS began her new ministry as rector of St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles, in August. She formerly was rector of Church of Our Savior in Somerset, Massachusetts, where she hadserved since her ordination in 2009. Prior to ordination, she was a social scientist and teacher. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Harvard University, a master of arts in education from Brown University, and a master of divinity degree from Boston University. She has has spent a considerable amount of time abroad, living in Botswana for two years, three years in South Africa and Uganda, and two years in Korea.

STEVE DEMUTH was installed as rector of Holy Trinity Church, Covina, July 29.

BILL DOGGETT begins serving as interim rector of St. Edmund’s, San Marino, in August. Originally from the Bay Area, he was ordained at Grace Cathedral in 1996 and has served congregations in the Dioceses of California, Maryland and Washington, D.C., before moving to Rancho Mirage last year. Trained in musical theater, he had taught at several seminaries, including the Virginial Theological Seminary; Wesley Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

PETER KANG has been called as priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s, Santa Maria.

SUSAN KLEIN has announced her intention to retire as rector of St. Alban’s, Westwood, in February 2019.

JOHN LIMO has been called as rector of St. Timothy’s Church, Apple Valley, beginning in September.

KELLY O’CONNELL, rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Santa Clarita, and co-dean of Deanery 2, has been called as regional canon for the Southern Region of the Diocese of Massachusetts, according to an announcement from Bishop Alan M. Gates. Before she was called as rector of St. Stephen’s in 2012, O’Connell served for seven years at St. Mark’s Church in Toledo, Ohio, first as priest-in-charge and then as rector. While there, she led a two-year discernment process that resulted in a successful merger with a neighboring inner-city parish. In the Diocese of Ohio she was a member of the Diocesan Council Executive Committee overseeing mission strategy initiatives, and was treasurer and then president of FOCUS, a nonprofit serving homeless families. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

SHARON SHEFFIELD has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Thomas Mission, Long Beach. She previously served at St. Mark’s, Downey.

PATRICIA STANSFIELD has been called as rector of St. John the Baptist, Corona.

CHRISTOPHER TUMILTY, who has served the diocese since 2010 as half-time missioner for youth and young adult ministries and half-time communication specialist, will now work full time in the diocesan Episcopal Multimedia department, while GABRIEL VASQUEZ-REYES, current co-chair of the Program Group on Youth and Young Adult Ministries, has accepted the bishop’s appointment to provide part-time staffing to the program group.

CINDY VOIEN has been called as priest-in-charge under special circumstances at St. Joseph’s Church, Buena Park. She will begin there in January.

DAWN VUKICH was installed as vicar of Faith, Laguna Niguel Aug. 19.

STEFANIE WILSON BROWN will begin serving as an associate at St. Matthew’s, Pacific Palisades, in August. She concluded her ministries as Campbell Hall chaplain and as part-time parish associate at St. Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar, on Aug. 5.